Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Journalism Fellowship for Sub-Saharan African Journalists

Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Journalism Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Journalism
Course Level: Graduate (fellowships)
Provider: Alva Foundation
Country to Study in: Canada

Scholarship Description
The Gordon N. Fisher/JHR Journalism Fellowship at Massey College in the University of Toronto is an annual opportunity for an African journalist to participate in the William Southam Journalism Fellowship Program.

Funded by the Alva Foundation in memory of the former president and chief executive officer of the Canadian newspaper and communications company, Southam Inc., the grant allows the Fellowship to be held annually at Massey College and the University of Toronto under the auspices of Journalists for Human Rights.

University of Toronto

Application Criteria:
  • Open to journalists from Sub-Saharan Africa, with preference given to candidates from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Tanzania , DR Congo, and Liberia
  • 8 years’ experience working in media
  • Currently full-time as a news or editorial employee at a newspaper, radio station, television station, magazine or news service. Freelance journalist s who have been working consistently in the media over an eight-year period will also be considered
  • Proficiency in English
  • Three letters of reference
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL sub-Saharan African countries

Participating Institutions
Massey College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Fields of study
Fellows are able to choose from a wide range of university courses and activities, are free to audit any graduate or undergraduate courses and have access to the University’s many facilities.

Number of awards
Not specified (however, fellowship is usually awarded to at least three to four Canadian and two foreign journalists)

Sponsorship duration
The Fisher Fellowship runs in tandem with the William Southam Journalism Fellowships and takes place over one academic year – September to May – at the University of Toronto.

Scholarship benefits
The Fellowship underwrites:
  1. an eight-month stipend that will replicate the successful applicant’s salary along with any costs associated with the program. The first monthly installment will commence with an end – September payment and conclude with the end – April payment;
  2. all university fees;
  3. travel expenses up to the cost of economy air fare to and from Toronto for the Fellow;
  4. travel expenses for organized trips during the program;
  5. a winter clothing allowance;
  6. a book allowance.
Fellows live at Massey College, a multi-disciplinary graduate residential college in the University of Toronto. There are no educational prerequisites for a Fellowship, nor do Fellows receive credits or degrees for work done during the academic year.

The program typically requires auditing at least two academic courses a semester; one academic course must be taken in full and all assignments completed.

The Fisher/JHR Fellow meets regularly with his or her Canadian counterparts in informal seminars to discuss contemporary issues with speakers from a wide variety of professions.

They also participate in full in any trips organized as part of the program.

Method of Application
Application Process:
Applications will only be considered when all of the following completed documents are submitted:
  • Application Form
  • A proposal for a plan of study
  • Statement of the applicant’s experience
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Samples of written or broadcast work
  • Three letters of reference (sent separately by referees)
Submissions are to be sent to one of the following addresses:
Applications for the 2017-18 Fellowship are open until January 15th, 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by February 3rd

To obtain the maximum benefit from the program, Fellows agree to refrain from professional work, including writing and broadcasting, during the period of the Fellowship. Personal holidays and travel are restricted to University holiday periods.

The University of Toronto is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated on the grounds that surround Queen's Park.

Massey College at the University of Toronto provides a congenial intellectual environment for the exchange of opinions and ideas. Its members form a multidisciplinary and diverse community that includes graduate students of distinguished ability, senior scholars and eminent members of society beyond the academic world.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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